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12 days

Highlights of Cambodia

Experience the unique attraction of Angkor Wat, lush landscapes along the Mekong River, rare Mekong dolphins at Kratie and the lively capital of Phnom Penh. Extend the tour with a beach holiday.

Highlights of Cambodia Highlights of Cambodia
12 days

Highlights of Cambodia

Experience the unique attraction of Angkor Wat, lush landscapes along the Mekong River, rare Mekong dolphins at Kratie and the lively capital of Phnom Penh. Extend the tour with a beach holiday.

Why choose this tour

  • Look forward to one of the world’s top attractions, Angkor Wat, and the impressive ruin city of Angkor Thom, and experience the contrast with the vibrant capital of Phnom Penh
  • Experience floating villages with houses on long posts at the Tonle Sap Lake and charming Siem Reap with shaded avenues along the river, tons of good restaurants, cafés and evening life.
  • Get enchanted by the gorgeous and lush landscapes along the Mekong River, with fields and plantations of bananas, chillis, papaya, aubergine and tobacco. Spot the rare Mekong dolphins at Kratie
  • Option to extend the tour to include a beach holiday in Kep or on the paradise island of Koh Rong

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations

The tour in short

On this tour, you get to experience the contrasts between town and country, as well as the charming mix of the French colonial era with beautiful mansions, shady avenues and a very rich Buddhist past with temples, pagodas and traditional buildings. It is all bound together by magnificent, lush scenery and, not least, the very welcoming and proud Cambodian people, most of whom are Khmer people.

In Siem Reap, one of the absolute highlights of the tour awaits you with one of the world’s greatest attractions: the magnificent ruin city and the Angkor temple complex Angkor, including Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

En route to Kratie, you can enjoy the beautiful, lush landscapes, fields and plantations of papaya, chilli, aubergines and tobacco, etc. lie side by side. In Kratie, on the banks of the Mekong River, and on the small, car-free and scenic green island of Koh Trong, country life is still lived with ox-drawn carts and hand-planted rice fields. It’s like stepping back 50 years in time. Dolphin watching also awaits you on the Mekong River, where you can spot the rare Mekong dolphins.

The tour rounds off in Cambodia’s vibrant capital, Phnom Penh, where French colonial style is flanked by pagodas, skyscrapers and beautiful Royal Palace. This is where you will find the biggest traces of the Khmer Rouge’s “cultural revolution” with Tuol Sleng S-21, the genocide museum, and the Killing Fields. The city buzzes with life here, with its cosy little streets and shops, large markets and pleasant promenade along the Tonle Sap River lined with restaurants and cafes.

Extend the tour with a wonderful beach holiday on the paradise island of Koh Rong or by the beach in Kep.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flight from the UK to Siem Reap and home from Phnom Penh
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Local English-speaking guide on excursions and tours
  • 9 nights at 3- and 4-star hotels, including breakfast
  • 2 x lunch (days 6 and 7)
  • Travelling in a car or minibus with air conditioning
  • All excursions take place in small groups of up to 14 people, and with Asiatours’ own guests only
  • Departure guarantee – the tour goes ahead regardless of the number of participants
  • ATOL certificate
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • Option to extend the tour to include a beach holiday in Kep or on the island Koh Rong

Comprehensive package of excursions:

  • Angkor Wat with sunset over Angkor
  • The ruin city of Angkor Thom with the Bayon, Ta Prohm and Phimeanakas temples as well as the Terrace of the Elephants
  • Tonle Sap Lake and the floating villages
  • Bike ride through rice fields and lush landscapes on the island of Koh Trong at Kratie
  • Dolphin watching where you spot the rare and endangered Irrawaddy dolphins also known as Mekong dolphins
  • The 100-pillar pagoda in Sambor near Kratie and the small conservation centre for the world’s rarest freshwater turtles: Cantor’s soft shell turtles
  • The Royal Palace with the Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum S-21 and the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh
  • Admission fees to the sights and attractions mentioned
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure from selected airport

You fly from the selected airport to Siem Reap, with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Siem Reap

Upon your arrival in Siem Reap, you go through immigration, showing the e-visa that you have obtained electronically from home to fast-track you through.

You then pick up your luggage and head out into the arrivals hall, where a guide will be for waiting for you, holding up a sign with your name on it, ready to drive you to your hotel. When you get to the hotel, you’ve got time to unwind after your flight, and the rest of the day can be spent at your leisure.

Siem Reap is a cosy town, with small cafés and shops as well as several markets selling clothing and souvenirs in the centre. The shady trees along the Siem Reap River, which flows through the town centre, are conducive to a relaxing stroll. This is also where some of the town’s best restaurants are to be found. In the evening, the natural meeting place is Pub Street, which offers an array of cafés, restaurants and bars.

Day 3: Siem Reap with sightseeing at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom

As one of the absolute highlights of the tour, today you will experience one of the world’s greatest sights: the magnificent temple complexes and the ruin city of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Angkor was originally the capital of the Khmer Empire, and the temple complex is situated just 5 km north of Siem Reap, where you will be driven by the guide.

As the temple area is quite large, the car accompanies you all day, so you are driven the longer distances from place to place, but you will be dropped off by the guide so that you can view all the sights on foot.

You start at Angkor Thom’s beautiful south gate and moat, where it is always nice and green – even in the dry season. From here, you continue to one of the main temples, Bayon, where an impressive sight awaits in the form of countless smiling Buddha faces. You also experience the 350-metre-long Terrace of the Elephants, where the king could both stand and survey his troops and enjoy various ceremonies and performances. The name refers to the numerous sandstone carvings of elephants. Next stop is the Royal Palace, Phimeanakas. Finally, you enjoy the famous Ta Prohm temple, made unique by the beautiful, large trees that have taken root in the temple buildings, becoming as one.

After a break for lunch, it’s time to explore the best-preserved and most famous temple in Cambodia, Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument. The spectacular temple comprises three levels, crowned by the five towers, which are shaped like the buds of the lotus flower. In the inner courtyards and vaulted walkways with their endless friezes and amazing carvings, most people are blown away. The upper level of the temple affords a fantastic view of the area. The day rounds off with the sunset over one of the temples in Angkor.

Day 4: Siem Reap with excursion to Tonle Sap Lake

From the morning, you can look forward to a half-day excursion to Tonle Sap Lake, located 15 km south of Siem Reap and Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake. The size of the lake varies greatly from 3,000 km2 in the dry season to 10,000 km2 in the rainy season. The lake is an important part of Cambodia’s economy and pantry with abundant wildlife and more than 300 fish species and 100 bird species.

The excursion takes you by car and then boat to one of the many fishing villages around the lake, where you have the opportunity to go for a walk through the village, stop and see and hear about how life is lived for the many families whose primary source of food is fish. Most families live along the banks of the lake in houses that stand on long stilts, allowing them to cope with the high water level in the rainy season, when the narrow streets in the village turn into small canals. In the dry season, when the water level is low, the tall stilts are in full view. Depending on the season, you will either visit the fishing village Kampong Phluk or Kampong Khleang.

At midday, you will be back in Siem Reap and the rest of the day is yours to do as you please or you can purchase one of our extra excursions.

Day 5: Siem Reap

The day is yours to do whatever you please. You can relax, explore the city on your own or purchase one of our extra excursions.

Siem Reap has a whole host of experiences to offer. You might like to go for a walk in the French Quarter and down along the river and then visit the nearby old market, Psaar Chaa. You can sit at one of the many cosy cafés and restaurants and watch life go by in the town. A visit to the Royal Gardens, a nice little park located directly opposite the royal residence in the town, is also recommended.

Day 6: Siem Reap – Kratie

In the morning, the tour continues to Kratie, located in lush Eastern Cambodia, where life is lived along the Mekong River. Kratie is especially famous for its rare and endangered Irrawaddy dolphins also called Mekong dolphins, which live here in the Mekong River. The 6–7 hour drive from Siem Reap to Kratie gives you a good look at both the larger towns and smaller villages near and along the Mekong River. Sit back and enjoy the scenic landscape, especially on the last part of the route, where fields and plantations of papaya, chilli, aubergines and tobacco, etc. lie side by side. A stop for lunch is made either on the way or on your arrival at Kratie.

In Kratie, you will stay on the small beautiful green island of Koh Trong, which is 6 km long and located in the Mekong River, just a 10-minute boat ride from Kratie. Peace and quiet prevail on Koh Trong. The island is car-free, so all transportation takes place by bike, motorcycle, tuk tuk or ox-drawn cart.

If you arrive in Koh Trong in the dry season, when the water level in the river is lower, you walk the 900 or so metres across the wide beach up to the cycle path, where a tuk tuk is waiting to drive you the last 3 km to the hotel. Your luggage will be transported from the boat to the hotel. During the rainy season, when the water level is higher, the boat can dock right up to the cycle path, so you will not have to walk across the beach.

On your arrival, you have the afternoon to yourself, when you can relax by the hotel pool or explore the island.

Day 7: Kratie with dolphins in the Mekong River and a bike ride on the island of Koh Trong

After breakfast, you set out with the guide from the hotel on a gentle 2-hour bike ride around the charming and beautiful little island.

Everything is quiet all around you, so you can enjoy the verdant landscapes, the exotic fruit trees and palms with mango, jackfruit and bananas as well as the fields and meadows of grazing oxen. You cycle along the flat, 9-km-long cycle path around the island. On the way, you pass a small pagoda, and in the surrounding tall trees, you may be lucky enough to spot large groups of bats hanging down. You make stops along the way as and when you please, and commune with the friendly locals, who greet you with smiles and waves as you ride past. If you are lucky, you may be offered a cup of tea or coffee at the home of one of the local families. You may also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the freshwater turtles that occasionally come ashore. You continue through the rice fields before winding up back at the hotel again. Here, you have a little time to freshen up before heading into Kratie late morning.

In Kratie, you will visit the local market, after which it’s time for lunch before you continue to the village of Sambor, 35 km north of Kratie. This is where the 100-Pillar pagoda, Wat Sorsor Moi Roi, Cambodia’s largest pagoda, is located. Next to the pagoda, you also visit a centre for the conservation of various species of freshwater turtles, the Mekong Turtle Conservation Centre. The centre is especially famous for its work with the almost-extinct species, the Cantor’s giant softshell turtle, which can grow up to 2 metres long. The centre collects the turtle eggs from the banks of the Mekong River and cares for them until the hatched baby turtles are 10 months old and can be released into the wild.

Mid-afternoon, it’s time to sail out on the Mekong River in search of the rare Mekong dolphins. They are characterised by their dark grey and dark blue colour, large forehead with a rounded head and broad flippers. The current population of Mekong dolphins is around 70 in the Kratie area. An exciting and wonderful experience awaits you when, rocking gently in the boat, you hear the first sounds of the dolphins and look around to spot them. After around an hour on the water, you can enjoy the last of the afternoon sun or the sunset over the Mekong River from the top of the small mountain, Phnom Sambok. To reach the top, you have to climb 300 steps, but it’s worth the effort. The steps are adorned with small Buddha statues, and at the top of them lies a small pagoda and a monastery, where around 10 monks live with stunning views of the area and the Mekong River. There is a very peaceful atmosphere here.

After a day packed with exciting impressions and experiences, you now head back to your hotel.

Day 8: Kratie – Phnom Penh

It’s time to set course for Cambodia’s vibrant capital, Phnom Penh. Along the way on the 5-hour drive, you make a stop in the town of Skuon at the famous market selling Cambodian delicacies such as deep-fried spiders. Cambodians travel from far and wide to this market to enjoy their favourite dishes. Traditionally, they eat virtually everything, and here you also get the opportunity to enjoy the sight of them or buy yourself a taster.

Phnom Penh lies at the confluence of the three rivers Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap, which are important resources for the city and help make it attractive. The city buzzes with life, with bustling markets, busy boulevards, cosy little streets with shops and a host of cafés and restaurants. Your hotel is centrally located in the city.

Be sure to enjoy the view the capital from the top of a skyscraper, and see where the rivers meet, the stunning mix of French colonial style, modern skyscrapers, pagodas and the beautiful Royal Palace.

When you get to Phnom Penh, the rest of the day is yours to do as you wish.

Day 9: Sightseeing in Phnom Penh with the Royal Palace, S-21 and the Killing Fields

Today, you will dig deeper into the Cambodian culture and history. Your full-day sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh starts in the morning with a visit to the beautiful Royal Palace and its park, where the king lives. The tour includes a visit to the Coronation Hall and the Silver Pagoda.

You continue to Wat Phnom pagoda, the city’s main temple, which is set on a small tree-covered hilltop, where you always find a crowd of believers. No visit to Phnom Penh is complete without a visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum S-21, a museum about the Khmer Rouge genocide. S-21 stands for Security Prison 21, a prison set up by Pol Pot in 1975 in the buildings that previously housed a high school.

Roughly 15 km outside Phnom Penh, a powerful and moving experience awaits you at Choeung Ek also known as the “Killing Fields”. The hilly terrain of Choeung Ek holds the mass graves of the 17,000+ people murdered by the Khmer Rouge.  After the visit, you head back to your hotel.

Day 10: Phnom Penh

The day is yours to relax or explore Phnom Penh on your own. You might like to stroll along the promenade along the Mekong River, shop in the quaint streets with their small shops, visit the National Museum, the large Phsar Thmey “New Market” indoor market, or simply soak in the atmosphere at the many cafés and restaurants.

You can also choose to purchase one of our extra excursions.

Day 11: Homeward bound

You will be picked up from the hotel and driven to the airport. Today the tour heads home with connecting flight(s) along the way.

Day 12: Arrival back home

You land in the UK after a lovely, action-packed  holiday.

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Beach holiday extension in Kep, 3 nights

In south-west Cambodia, near the border with Vietnam, lies the coastal town of Kep. The town is a tantalising mix of French Indochina, Asian and French food and a peaceful, tropical seaside resort with a lovely 1 km long sandy beach on the Gulf of Thailand. Kep’s heyday began in the French colonial era in the 1930s and lasted until the Khmer Rouge assumed power in the 1970s, after which the town slipped into oblivion. Today, many of the old French villas are in rather a sorry state but still tell a story, while some have been beautifully restored and converted into hotels offering French elegance and Cambodian hospitality. In the elongated town, which does not have a centre as such, you will find a good selection of restaurants and cafés offering great food and drinks.

Kep is also known for its wonderful seafood, especially the delicious crabs, which you will find, among other things, at the fish and crab markets. In the green, lush hinterland with its exotic mountains and jungle, you can visit Kep National Park, which has abundant flora and fauna. Follow routes of different lengths along small paths and enjoy the beautiful flora, wonderful birds, playful monkeys and some amazing vantage points along the way.

Beach holiday extension on the island of Koh Rong, 3 nights

Round off your tour with a beach holiday on the beautiful Cambodian island of Koh Rong (78 km²), located a mere 40–60-minute boat ride from Sihanoukville in the Gulf of Thailand, off the south-west coast of Cambodia.

When you go ashore on Koh Rong, you will be greeted by white sandy beaches, turquoise water, swaying palm trees, with the jungle as its backdrop. It is simply stunning here – a veritable little paradise far from tourism’s beaten track.

We are located on the quiet south-western side of the island at Long Beach, also known as Sok San Beach, which has one of the island’s finest sandy beaches. You will stay at a resort right on the beach, where you can enjoy the sun setting over the sea from the shore. Spend the days relaxing, swimming and with the sand between your toes, or you can take advantage of the many opportunities for activities such as snorkelling, diving, cycling, fishing, walks in the jungle, kayaking or a day excursion with island-hopping to the neighbouring island of Koh Rong Sanloem.

Most of the island is covered in jungle, so you mainly get about on foot, by motorcycle or by water. There are many different exotic species of trees such as teak and fig, as well as abundant animals and birds, including monkeys and buffaloes. In the sea, there are tropical fish and corals, while the tropical climate provides average temperatures of 27–30 degrees all year round. The best time to visit Koh Rong is from November to April, as the rainy season is from May to October.

You can extend the beach holiday with additional nights, just as you please.

The transfer time between Phnom Penh and Koh Rong is around 6 hours including the boat ride.

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